Creatura: In Limbo


October 2nd through November 2nd, 2013
Opening reception Friday, October 4th, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

A sculptor, printmaker and designer, Dina Petrillo will be exhibiting works from her Creatura: In Limbo series at the Betts Gallery October 2nd through November 2nd, 2013. An opening reception will be held Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Petrillo has been exhibiting and teaching in the Mid-Coast since moving to Maine from New York City in 2000. She holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, an MA in Arts and Art Education from Columbia University, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Creatura: In Limbo is a series of monoprints which vary in color and imagery. Each is a fusion of photographic body imagery with one of six botanical collagraph plates, including Hydrangea, Nasturtium, Wisteria, Quince and Beech. The resulting monoprint has a distinctive complexity, embossed texture and subtle color palette. Petrillo says of her series, “My gaze settles on different features as foregrounds and backgrounds seem to go in and out of focus. It’s a perceptual experience that’s ambivalent- tentative, shifting between revealing and concealing something about the human and botanical forms. I have an urge to fuse them- humans and plants- to mend, heal something in these… like printed prayers. I imagine the ink, images and paper pressing a warp and weft, making a tapestry celebrating and cautioning our conjoined fates.”